Vancouver multiplatinum JUNO winning group Marianas Trench releases Astoria, a sumptuous larger-than-life pop album, its fourth. Five-piece chamber folk group Ozere, from Toronto, delivers exquisite work Finding Anyplace. With gold certification and a JUNO nomination, Repentigny, QC neo-trad group Les Cowboys Fringants launches Octobre, currently the hottest selling of all new releases in Canada. Acclaimed Montreal dreamy alternative band Half Moon Run returns to the scene with Sun Leads Me On. Our favourite album of the week belongs to charming Montreal duo Eli et Papillon for the fragrant pop of Colorythmie. Billboard Hot 100 charting band Final State provides pop-rock pleasures on C’est La Vie. One of the nation’s finest jazz singers Emilie-Claire Barlow (JUNO winner) converts music of various genres including rock into beautiful jazz pieces on new album Clear Day. Tableaux is a singer-songwriter work complete with some string arrangements from Montreal’s Geneviève Jodoin.
Platinum trad country artist Paul Daraîche is joined by various artists on Laisse-moi te dire. Edmonton’s Ken Stead serves a very fine alt folk album Fear Has No Place Here. Distance is the latest from Toronto alternative group Blitz/Berlin known in the past for scoring music for film. Winnipeg/Montreal JUNO winning group Chic Gamine releases well-crafted alternative LP Light a Match. Réflexion is a wonderful heartland album from Quebec City’s Les Jumelles Barabé. Great roots rock appears in the batch thanks to Hamilton’s Duane Rutter and Crazy Things. For metal lovers we have Terraform from Walkerton, ON group Odium. Songs of Rain, Snow & Remembering comes to us from the immensely talented singer-songwriter Lynn Jackson of Kitchener, ON. Roberval, QC singer-songwriter (and journalist and TV host!) Denis Lévesque releases a really good album entitled Sous mes pas.
Featuring the talents of Andrew Wan, Kent Nagano and the OSM reward us with a classical album featuring violin concertos from French composer Camille Saint-Saëns. For those who like works for organ and orchestra, check out the OSM’s other release featuring compositions from the aforementioned Camille plus Franz Liszt and Kaija Saariaho. Multiple JUNO winner André Gagnon teams up with a number of other players on classical work André Gagnon: Baroque. Find Franco children’s music on Arthur L’aventurier’s lastest the songs of which explore Costa Rica. Pleasant lullabies, with a host of fine vocalists like Annie Villeneuve and Marc Hervieux, can be found on various artists compilation album Berce-moi.
EPs this week include acoustic versions of songs from Arkells‘ gold album High Noon, Broken Arrows from Vancouver rock group The Matinee, Toronto rock from Blue Sky Miners S/T, and Les Corteaux, QC rock from Gauvreau on Le sous-sol.